Let me be your guide this summer through the best wine, food, scenery, culture and shopping (!) that France has to offer!
[Note 4/8/14: this event is full! If you are interested in being an alternate please send me an email. At this point, only members that I know fairly well will be considered, i.e., you have attended several events, we have talked, etc.]
Special invitation-only trip to Paris, Burgundy, and Provence. 2 weeks, with possibility of hooking up with the group for first leg in Paris only. As many of you know, I lived in Paris for almost 4 years, speak French fluently and did this trip summer 2012. Several of you have asked that I re-trace my trip with the group, so here it is!
There will be lots of amazing food, wine, scenery, sight seeing, art, culture, *walking / hiking*, and just good times. Some highlights:
PARIS! Stroll along the quai of La Seine, picnic under the Eiffel Tower, explore the Left Bank, visit the Louvre, have superb meals.
BURGUNDY! walk through the most famous vineyards in the world: Chambertin, Meursault, Nuits St. George, taste wine in the caves underneath Beaune.
PROVENCE! hike through fields of lavender, AOC olive groves, eat tapenade, drink local rose *all day*, wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, hang by the pool at our rented house in Ardeche.
COST: It will be fantastic, but expensive. Air fare alone is $1500, so expect a budget of about $4000/person for the 2 week trip. My planning and guide fee is $300 each. I will update with a more realistic figure closer to when we leave.
STATUS: Booked. 10 people or so, invitation only. Members and guests only, everyone has to be well known to me and the others, compatible, independent, flexible, fun, food & wine-loving types that know how to enjoy themselves. We will be doing a lot of walking, so you need to be in reasonable physical shape. You can bring a guest (16+).
Our group has meet regularly over several months to plan a very custom experience. We also had some good food and wine along the way :-)
PARIS (days 1-6)
7/1 pm: flights out of Boston
7/2: arrive Paris; check into hotel (Latin Quarter); recoup,
light dinner @ Brasserie La Coupole; some doing Jack Johnson concert
7/3: bkfast; group tour Musee d'Orsay, evening free
7/4!: bkfast; walk quai of Seine, picnic lunch Effiel Tower
Epic group dinner @ L’Apicius, Michelin 2-star in 8th
7/5: morning off, shopping!!: Alesia outlets, Marais, Latin Quarter, tea
7/6: bkfast; walking tour of Montmartre / Sacre Coeur
Small group diner at l'Apicure, Michelin 3 star!
7/7: free morning and afternoon; evening ballet @ Paris Opera
BURGUNDY (days 7-9)
7/8: check out Paris, rent vans, 4 hr drive to Beaune, check into inn, evening tasting dinner at inn
La Maison d'Olivier Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet
7/9: morning tour of Leflaive vineyards and cellars; afternoon hike through upper Côte d'Or, picnic lunch, evening free
7/10: car tour of vineyards, Clos Vougeot, etc.
Afternoon walking tour of Beaune, Les Hospices du Beaune
Evening cellar tour & tasting Bouchard Pere et Fils, Beaune
PROVENCE (days 10-12)
7/11: check out inn, 4 hr ride south to Ardeche, Provence
Afternoon: Beaucastel cellar tour & tasting (Jim's fav!!!)
Evening: check-in to Villa Provence, Saint-Christol-de-Rodières
7/12: Open air market in Pont-Saint-Esprit; pool party at house!
7/13: tours: Ardeche, Vaison-la-Romaine, Gigondas, Travel,
St. Jalle: lavendar fields, olive groves, wheat, peach...
7/14: check out inn, 8 hr ride north drive to Paris /CDG
PARIS / CDG
7/15: return vans, flights out Paris -> Boston
Alright! Let's get started.
Here are some more photos to stir your imagination. There are some stock shots, but many are from my trip to France Summer 2012.
Telephoto view of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre, Paris by night (stock photo)
Parisian cafe breakfast: OJ, Café au lait, croissant, pain au chocolat (that's me in the background)
Pastry in Paris. Nice with afternoon tea!
Belle Époque entrance to the Metropolitain, the Paris subway (stock photo).
View of Notre Dame Cathedral from La Seine.
Night shot of inner courtyard and entrance to the Musée du Louvre, Paris (stock photo).
Pont Neuf, facing Île Saint-Louis, Paris (stock photo).
Vineyards and manor in Pommard, Burgundy (stock photo).
Inner courtyard of the Hospice de Beaune, a hospital for the poor and needy built in 1443 (stock photo)
Beaune Cathedrale, Beaune, Burgundy.
Street scene, Beaune, Burgundy.
Me tasting wines in the cellars of Drouhin in Beaune.
Local wine store in Beaune, Burgundy. That's correct, 2005 La Tache is 3990 euros, or over $5000 A BOTTLE!?
Charcuterie stall in open air market, Nyons, Provence. Picnic lunch anyone?
Garlic stall in open air market, Nyons, Provence.
The beginning of the gorges of Ardèche. Kayak trip down the gorges is one possible day excursion.
Cote du Rhone vineyards. As far as the eye could see in places.
Provençal summer salad.
L'Oustalet Restaurant in Gigondas, Provence. This is where I first fell in love with a white Château de Beaucastel.